D7585, 7585, 25235
D7585, 7585, 25235

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25235 & 25060 at Wolverhampton on September 29th 1984, about to take over the 'Worth Valley Wanderer' railtour.

The twenty one year one month career of D7585/25235 was split between allocations to London Midland & Scottish Region depots, with a definate dominance of the former.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake equipped (March 1978).
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed (March 1978).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 83 months.


D7585 was new to Toton (16A) on February 13th 1964. Further transfers were:

February 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
June 1965 to Saltley (2E).
April 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02).
April 1966 to London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML.
April 1968 to Allerton (8J).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
September 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
November 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1973 to Longsight.
July 1975 to Eastfield.
February 1978 to Haymarket.
May 1978 to Eastfield.
February 1981 to Toton.
May 1982 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn March 13th 1985.

Renumbered to November 12th 1973.

25235 was the 236th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during March 1985.

After withdrawal 25235 was stored at Bescot Yard from March 1985 until moved by rail to Basford Hall Yard on July 11th 1990, Carnforth (13th), Workington (14th), Carlisle (17th), Mossend (Aug 1st) and Glasgow Works (Aug 4th) for asbestos removal by MC Metal Processing. The locomotive then moved by road to Bo'ness during the middle of October 1990.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works July 1966.
Noted Crewe Works September 1968.
Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works November 1973.
Noted Glasgow Works March 1978 (dual brake fitted).
Noted Derby Works December 1983 & January 1984 (N4 repairs).


Although D7585 was never allocated to any Eastern Region depots D7585 was noted on March 10th working the 08.30 Bradford Forster Square - Morecambe and the return 12.30pm Morecambe - Leeds. Two months later on May 15th D7585 & D7580 worked a Manchester Central - St. Pancras forward from ?? to St. Pancras after Class 45 No D115 failed.

On Sunday July 5th stabled at Nottingham were: D5193, D5199, D5203, D5224, D5231, D5239, D5258, D5264, D5289, D7568, D7583, D7585, D7590 & D7591.

On December 7th D7585 was noted at Ilkley, having brought one parcels coach from Leeds, returning later to Leeds.


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78064, 44766 & D7585 pass each other at the south end of Derby station on a damp May 4th 1965.

Noted at Derby station on March 24th between 4.30pm & 7pm were about fifty train and locomotive movements involving diesel Classes 08/25/37/45/46/47. Class 25s and steam locomotives included:
D7528 shunting empty coaching stock
48350 up freight - oil tanks
D7548 down light engine
D7561 down light engine
D5188 Nottingham?? - Derby passenger (2P92)
D5299 empty coaching stock for Derby - Bakewell service
D5190 empty coaching stock for Derby - Sheffield service
48143 down light engine
D7584 up freight (5G52)
45211 up light engine
D7511 & D7565 down freight (9T44)
48672 down light engine
D7505 up light engine
48103 down freight, later retiring to the shed
48646 up freight
92008 up light engine
48752 down freight
D7572 shunting empty coaching stock
76043 down light engine
D5206 up local
D5204 Sheffield - Derby passenger (2M76)
48214 down special freight
48177 down movement with brake van
45224 down light engine
D7502 up light engine
D5223 up local (2P53)
D68 & D7583 19.45 Derby - St Pancras
Amongst the locomotives on shed during this period included 12039, D2504, D7514, D7572, D7581, D7585, D7646, E6022 & 48064.

On December 16th D7585 was at Mirfield with a single parcels coach.

On the morning of July 4th D7585 was southbound at Derby with a freight (8T40).

On the morning of July 13th D5261, D5273, D7505 & D7585 were stabled at Derby.

On September 11th 7585 & 5190 worked the 07.05 Tinsley - Carlisle freight.

On January 26th the 18.00 Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Victoria (?) multiple unit failed at Bold and was pushed to Earlestown west curve platform by 7585.

On February 3rd & 4th 7585 & 7573 were the Manchester Victoria bankers. 7585 was noted at Edge Hill on February 13th and was the Manchester Victoria banker on February 18th & 19th. The 17.30 FO Manchester - York was worked by 7585 on February 27th.

It was railtour duty on April 11th when the 'Midlands Enterprise' railtour from Waterloo was worked roundtrip Stockport - Dinting by 7585 & 7597. Both locomotives retained green livery with frame level white stripe and full yellow ends.

The Springs Branch depot open day on August 22nd included 7585 as an exhibit.

At about 6pm on June 2nd 7585 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train.

On September 4th the Derby - Yarmouth was worked to Norwich by 7585 & 7533.

At about 6pm on March 15th 7585 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train.

7585 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on April 5th & 10th. The 14.20 Euston - Carlisle on April 30th was worked forward from Preston by 7585.

7585 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on May 2nd.

On July 8th 7585 & 5208 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.28 ex-Yarmouth.

At about 6pm on September 18th 7585 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with an up freight. 7585 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on September 20th.

7585 was on coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on October 4th, 5th, 6th & 9th.

At about 6pm on March 14th 7535 was noted passing Manchester Exchange on a down van train.

At about 7am on April 5th 7585 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with a down freight.

At about 5pm on June 1st 7635 was noted in the coal yard near Olive Mount Junction. During the morning of June 9th 7585 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up van train.

A Leicester - Norwich football special on November 3rd 1973 was worked roundtrip (?) by 7585 & 5185.

7585 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on September 24th.

At about 5.45pm on January 8th 25235 was noted passing Eccles with up stone empties (6H58).

On December 19th 25235 & 25147 were noted at Manchester Victoria with the 6J63.

On January 23rd 25235 was noted at Manchester Victoria. On January 26th 25235 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 8L53.

On February 6th 25235 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4A20. On February 7th 25235 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4J16. On February 13th 25235 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 5J48. 25235 was on coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on February 25th.

On March 5th 25235 was noted at Manchester Victoria.

On May 24th the 09.11 Newcastle - Paignton was noted at Sheffield & Exeter behind 25235 & 25298, did they start out from Newcastle? A month later on June 28th 25235 worked the 09.00 Llandudno Town - York throughout.

On the late morning of July 22nd 25047 & 25235 were southbound at Settle Junction with sheeted hoppers (6M52).

During July 1975 25235 was transferred to the Scottish Region, spending five and a half years allocated to either Eastfield or Haymarket.

Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.
25235 and its overhead line inspection train pass Morecambe South Junction on February 9th 1975.

25235 was noted on October 9th with the Fort William - Mallaig portion of the ex-06.00 Glasgow Queen Street.

On December 6th Type 2s were in charge of a number of football & rugby specials in the Edinburgh area including 25087 & 25235.

25235 was at Eastfield on Fewbruary 6th.

25235 was stabled at Eastfield on April 30th.

On May 9th 1977 25235 worked the 12.25 Dundee - Arbroath and 13.17 return.

25235 was stabled at Motherwell on April 29th.

On May 9th 26029 & 25235 were noted working a Kyle - Inverness service.

On July 28th 1978 25235 banked an afternoon service out of Glasgow Queen Street.

About a week later on August 7th 25235 worked the 12.50 Edinburgh - Perth whilst on August 19th 25235 handled the 20.45 Carlisle - Perth forward from Mossend Yard. 25235 worked a short freight through Dundee on August 28th.

25235 was stabled at Motherwell on October 1st with 25234.

The ongoing shortage of Type 2 power in the London area found locomotives borrowed from distant depots with Eastfield’s 25235 & 25247 noted on local workings towards the end of August/beginning of September.

On the afternoon of August 21st 25235 was in the Saltley area with a down freight.

The 10.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town on September 8th was worked by 25235.

On January 11th Trafford Park freightliner depot was blocked following the derailment of 25235 whilst picking up the 22.37 Trafford Park – Holyhead freightliner. The departure of this working finally took place at 6.00am the following morning with 47098 in charge. However all was not well with this machine for it failed at Phillips Park, requiring the assistance of the Manchester Victoria pilot, 25196.

25235 was stabled at Aberdeen Ferryhill on June 9th.

On June 14th 1980 the 08.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Scarborough was worked to Edinburgh by 25235. The last week of July 1980 was hectic for 25235, starting off on July 25th with the 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour with 25079, the same pair returning the next day (26th) with the 01.20 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North to Carlisle and the return 09.43 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour from Carlisle (or possibly Ayr?). On July 27th 25235 & 25079 worked a roundtrip between Mossend Yard & Stirling on the overnight motorail services.

25235 light engine at Mossend on July 7th 1980.

25235 was stabled at Motherwell on September 27th.

During February 1981 25235 was reallocated to Toton. On May 23rd 25235 worked the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town. The failure of 47547 at Derby on May 30th saw 25235 take the 09.58 Bradford - Paignton forward to Birmingham New Street. Four days later (June 3rd) the 10.33 Leeds - Paignton failed at Derby behind 47452, 25235 worked the train to Birmingham New Street. Two Gloucester - Birmingham portions of NE/SW expresses were handled by 25235, on June 13th with the 16.18 ex-Plymouth and on July 10th with an afternoon relief ex-Plymouth.

The weekend of July 18th/19th saw 25235 & 25251 working two roundtrips over the Cambrian line.

A rescue job on September 5th saw 25235 assist the 13.19 Skegness - Manchester Piccadilly from Chinley after 40188 failed.

On September 7th 25235 was noted shunting a short freight at Peak Forest.

An 'E' exam was carried out at Toton during November.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
25235, somewhere (maybe Warrington?), some day. 25235 would fortunately reach preservation, hooray!

1982 produced a mixed variety of passenger workings for 25235 starting with the 07.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor on March 6th. 25235 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on March 14th.

Just over a month later on April 13th 25235 worked a Crewe - Cardiff service. Three days later (16th) 25235 worked a roundtrip late afternoon/evening Manchester Victoria - Bangor - Manchester Victoria turn after 25067 failed prior to departure.

On May 1st (and/or 3rd) 25235 worked the 18.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich from Leicester to Norwich.

A Barrow - Wembley Central football special on June 5th failed at Castlethorpe behind 40003, 25235 & 25060 worked the train forward to Euston. On June 26th/27th a weekend was spent on the Cambrian line with 25194; on 26th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street was followed by the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day (27th) it was the turn of the 08.45 Birmingham New Street- Aberystwyth, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return and finally the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On July 21st 25235 was noted at Bristol Bath Road. On July 24th 25235 & 25184 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram, between Norwich and Yarmouth they worked the 08.10 Leeds - Yarmouth and the 14.31 Yarmouth - Sheffield. On July 29th 25235 was at Derby with an Up freight.

It was back to the Cambrian line on September 18th with 25182 to work the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury, but 25235 failed and was removed at Machynlleth. 25235 was stabled at Birkenhead on September 25th.

An accident at Linslade Tunnel on December 9th created serious problems on the WCML, a series of extra services operated between Manchester & Sheffield, including 25235 working the 11.45 Manchester Piccadilly - Sheffield, the 13.15 return and the 17.15 Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly (not sure how 25235 got back to Sheffield to work this).

25235 was stabled at Birkenhead on January 8th and at Bescot on January 16th.

On March 3rd 25235 & 25240 were passing through Warrington Bank Quay with a freight. During the latter half of March 25235 was quite active out of Carlisle. On March 12th it worked the 10.00 Carlisle - Leeds and the return 16.02 Leeds - Carlisle, on 14th the 16.02 Leeds - Carlisle was worked whilst on the 19th it was the turn of the 13.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle doubleheaded with a Class 27. On March 24th 25235 worked the 12.50 Carlisle - Glasgow Central. On March 28th 25235 was on a local trip freight at Carnforth.

The 09.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 13.49 return was worked on April 5th. 25235 was northbound at Warrington Bank Quay with a parcels train on April 23rd.

On May 5th 25209 & 25235 were southbound through Wolverhampton with oil tankers. 25235 & 25236 were together on May 7th working the 'Evening Star' railtour between Dorridge & Bewdley (ex-Paddington), 25236 failed at Kidderminster. On the afternoon of May 27th 25209 & 25235 worked the 9X20 Fazakerley - Derby track panel train.

25235 and a lengthy freight passed through Coventry on July 13th.

On August 6th 25235 & 25196 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury, however 25235 failed and was removed at Machynlleth (similar to the events of September 18th 1982). Blackpool was the resort of choice on August 12th/13th with 25235 working the 12th's 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North from Preston and the 13th's Birmingham New Street - Blackpool North day excursion from/to (?) Preston.

25235 was northbound at Golbourne with ten loaded ballast wagons on September 9th.

1984 was the last year of recorded passenger workings for 25235. On January 13th the 23.35 Euston - Glasgow Central was hauled by 25235 to Bletchley because of the power being off.

Then followed five workings north of the border starting on February 14th with the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and 15.50 return, February 15th's 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central, March 6th's 07.30 Glasgow Central - Carlisle and 12.40 return. A wet March 24th saw 25235 running light enging through Northampton.

On the evening of April 6th a Holbeck crew worked 40057 from Holbeck to Leeds PCD to take up the 4M06 to Bradford Interchange and Manchester Victoria. Early the next morning the crew worked the 1E29 00.45 newspapers to York via Huddersfield, though the crew show Bradford and then light engine to Holbeck.

25235 was noted at Hereford on June 15th. On June 20th 25235 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction with a Speedlink freight. On June 30th 40001 & 25235 were noted at Polmadie with the 6S42 03.04 SO Ditton Junction - Polmadie BOC.

On July 26th 25048 & 25235 were noted at Stoke on Trent with a loaded sand (?) train. On July 29th 25235 was noted at Stoke on Trent.

On August 5th 25048 & 25235 were at Polmadie with the BOC tank train. A lineside fire north of Golbourne Junction on August 23rd saw 25235 assist the 09.30 Euston - Inverness between Golborne Junction & Preston.

On September 1st 25235 & 25211 worked a Curzon Street - Penyffordd Cement Works cement empties.

The 'Worth Valley Wanderer' railtour on September 29th from Plymouth to Keighley was worked by 25235 & 25060 between Wolverhampton & Derby, travelling via Stafford - Crewe - Warrington Bank Quay - Manchester Victoria - Castleton - Hebden Bridge - Sowerby Bridge - Halifax - Blackburn - Preston - Carnforth - Skipton - Keighley - Normanton - Cudworth - Rotherham - Chesterfield & Derby for a total of 330 miles!

Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
On October 11th 1984 25235 crosses the Western Region mainline and heads for the Southern Region with an engineers train.

An accident at Wembley on October 12th 1984 produced 25235's last recorded passenger working, assisting the 00.30 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston the distance of one mile from Acton Canal Wharf Junction to Willesden. 25235 was also on parcels duty this day at Euston.

On November 3rd 25235 took a set of Jubilee Line stock from Neasden to the Metropolitan Cammell Works in Birmingham for modification.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25235 at Aylesbury with a Neasden - Washwood Heath special of LT Jubilee Line stock for modification.

On January 30th 25235 was stabled at Bletchley.

25235 was withdrawn on March 13th 1985.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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